The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era   -     By: James S. Jeffers
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The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era

Inter-Varsity Press / 1999 / Paperback

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In The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era James Jeffers provides an informative and scenic tour of daily life during the time of Jesus and the apostles. He treats class and status, family and community, work and leisure, religion and organization, city and country, law and government, death and taxes, and epochal events of Roman history all while offering a "you-are-there" glimpses.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 330
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0830815899
ISBN-13: 9780830815890
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What was life like for first-century Christians? Imagine a modest-sized Roman home of a well-to-do Christian household wedged into a thickly settled quarter of Corinth. In the lingering light of a summer evening, men, women and children, merchants, working poor and slaves, a mix of races and backgrounds have assembled in the dimly lit main room are are spilling into the central courtyard. This odd assortment of gathered believers--some thirty in number--are attentive as the newly arrived and travel-weary emissary from Paul reads from the papyrus scroll he has brought from their apostolic mentor. But if you were to be transported to this scene you would perhaps be overwhelmed by a flood of unexpected difference. The voice of the reader recedes as through open windows the din and clamor of the city assault your ears. Hooves clunk and cart wheels grind and echo from the street while drivers shout, vendors call and neighbors gather and converse. And later, as you accompany a family through darkened and dangerous streets to their third-story tenement apartment, you might try to mask your shock at the cramped and unsafe conditions. In The Greco-Roman World of the New Testament Era James Jeffers provides an informative and scenic tour of daily life during the time of Jesus and the apostles. He affords "you-are-there" glimpses of everything from legal codes to dinner foods, from social hierarchy to apartment living, from education to family dynamics. His eye-opening book will advance your understanding of the New Testament and early Christianity and enrich your reading and application of the Bible.

Author Bio

Jeffers is associate professor in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, and he teaches ancient history at California State University in Dominguez Hills. He has also written (Fortress).

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  1. Andy
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    March 15, 2012
    Andy
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    This is the best book I have read on background of the first century. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Greco-Roman World.
  2. Jerry Carter
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 3, 2008
    Jerry Carter
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    James Jeffers' book provides and interesting and enlightening background into the geo-political influences of 1st century Christianity. I found it very helpful that he coordinates his historical data with scripture references relevant to the information he conveys and it is in a style that is easy to read and understand. I have long felt that an understanding of the geo-political climate at the time of Christ is essential to understanding the message He and the Apostles proclaimed. This book fills that need.
  3. Steven Taylor
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    May 11, 2001
    Steven Taylor
    Great book. Easy to read yet filled with information. Very descriptive, you could almost picture the tradesman at work. The importance of Romes presence, both for the good, and the bad, is related in a way anyone can understand
  4. David
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    February 1, 2001
    David
    This book was very helpful in understanding the magnitude of the Roman Empire's expanse and influence in the contemporaneous known world. I found the book very readable, unlike most prolix literature written on this subject. Jeffers does not confuse you with too many footnotes, but defines the terms used (when there are any), in their context. He leaves the Latin terms to a minimum, but includes them when neccesary. I also felt that his allusions to NT examples (or his hypotheses) were intriguing and often helpful, especially when speaking of Pauline studies. It helps to see how the NT was a contextual occurence -- Paul, and the early Christians had to face a real world, with plenty of people to ostracize them.This book was written for the educated person, but it is not, I believe, too difficult to understand. I have already recommended this book to several people -- experienced and inexperienced, alike.
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